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How To Live In The Now – social media, content and unplugging

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We live in a world of now, now, now, gimme, gimme, gimme.

How did we become so obsessed with now. We don’t even have time to focus on the futuresome, it seems do not even care about the past, we just want it all and we want it now.

We are so in need, in lust for the now that anything else makes us impatient.

We are surrounded by the ‘instant’ – Twitter, Facebook. Vine. Insta(nt)gram

I primarily connected my figurative life line to social media in 2007 as a way to connect with my family and friends at home in London and across the globe, an easy way to share what I was doing and get the social reach easily to everyone I cared about when I was on the run and didn’t have time for a call or to write a letter  – technology has allowed me to face time with my Mum while I am out shopping to get her buy in on a dress I like or some shoes I’m contemplating adding to the collection. While I am connected to my family, I am also, now, so conditioned to getting everything out there right now – real time sharing, real time experiences.
I want to know if I’ve won – now. I want to know what people think – now. Who is liking my status, who is viewing my blog, what is my friend in another part of the world doing right now, I want my food order in 3 minutes.  I need the information and I need it now.

Capturing the moment

Capturing the moment

Don’t get me wrong – I love social media and what it has enabled us to do as individuals and as a global community, I like a fast pace, I like to have everything at my fingertips, but I’ve become so motivated by instant gratification that I’m not stopping to smell the flowers. I’m not taking in my life – the memories. Yes; every inch of the memory is captured in 140 characters or a heavily filtered and edited photo stored in a virtual cloud for the future, but am I living in that moment? Or am I merely capturing it?
Am I really listening or am I merely hearing?
Am I missing what’s really going on around me, now, because I’m so obsessed with the now.

My husband has created a social (media) experiment for us, mainly me, but us – can we, one day a week, tune out, shut down and turn off – can we leave our iphones, our ipad and our computer alone and just live in the moment, see the world through just one lens.

It’s time to take my moments. To realise that to really appreciate the now. I need to stop, inhale and absorb. Otherwise, my life will have flashed by in a series of uploads, tweets and posts.

Life is too short to not really LIVE in the now.

For more on our figurative life lines and our constant connection here is a great article on Huff Post – Disconnect: A New Movie Sounds the Alarm About Our Hyper-Connected Lives.

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All In Hand – A Travelling Girl’s Guide To Hand Luggage

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I travel about twice a month. Typically for business. My packing is like a well oiled machine. I tend to leave it to last minute but it’s so automated that I probably could do it in my sleep instead of leaving it to last minute and use the time to catch some zzz’s and get my bags packed at the same time.

After years of international travel I’ve whittled my carry-on luggage down from a weekender and an over sized bag filled to the brim down to a cute tote that I can take anywhere.

My personally crafted bag of tricks:

My personally crafted bag of tricks

1.  Navy blue satin style tote from Henri Bendel – full of pockets, great for storing all my little items that I need to have to hand

 2.  iPad 2 –16gb 3G  – Along with the usual things to do on an iPad (music, movies, games) on international flights there is no wifi so I love using Zite which is a custom magazine tailored to my interests. Although I need Internet access to browse the pages, I can save articles on my Zite account to read once I’m up in the air. (Instapaper is also another great app to save articles to read for later) I also poach books via my Kindle app from my Fiancé. He has over 200 books on his kindle and my app allows me to share and download any of his books which I can read offline.

3.  iPhone  – 16gb 3GS  – I use AT&T for my iPhone service so it’s my #1 go to while in Europe since I get roaming and a reliable back up for my camera/flip cam (not shown). While in the US I also carry my Blackberry, but to be honest, since it’s Verizon it’s pretty much a dead weight to me outside of the US.

4.  A Cobra inflight pack – all the gadgets I need to be able to charge my devices on the plane’s dc cigarette power outlets. This little pack runs around $50 (if you buy at an airport like I did but I’m sure they are cheaper on Amazon).

5.  Zicam – my equivalent of airborne. I know it doesn’t work the same but it definitely keeps me healthy when travelling on a flight. I read an article that said you can be affected by a passenger’s sneeze or cough up to 2 rows behind or in front. I don’t know how accurate that is but having Zicam with me when I feel a sore throat or tickly cough start up has never done me wrong.

 6.  Nivea Visage – cleansing wipes. I haven’t been able to find these in the US so stock up every time I’m back in the UK. I predominantly use these as a quick and easy make up remover when travelling but they’re also great at keeping my skin fresh and moisturised on a long haul flight. Since they’re not classed as liquid i can carry a whole packet and not worry about the size. Similar wipes in the US such as Nutrogena or Biore do equally as good a job. I just prefer the scent and fresh feeling of Nivea.

7.  Books – although I appreciate the ease of reading on my iPad I still like to carry an ‘old fashioned’ book with me. For the 30 mins at the start and end of a flight when electronics aren’t allowed and if/when my ipad juice runs out. I’m currently reading The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk. A light read for those of us in the marketing/customer service world.

8.  Belkin head phone splitters (approx $20) – my Fiancé and I occasionally like to watch films or TV together (on the iPad) inflight so this little gadget is a great update to having to share an ear bud with your co-passenger.

9.  Scent – after a 10 hour flight stuck on a plane just a simple freshen up and spritz of scent before arriving at your final destination does wonders for not feeling like a boho when you greet your family and friends in the arrivals lounge. (Gucci – Envy Perfume – delicious summer scent of grapes and citrus)

10.  Carmex – I’ve tried every chapstick from budget to luxury and nothing has repaired my chapped lips better than Carmex. (approx $2)

11.  Mini nail file – For OCD girls like me, if I can’t fix a nail snag immediately I’m likely to ruin my nails trying to fix it sans file. Not pretty.

 12.  Warmth Luxe socks. If you arent lucky enough to be in Business or First class then I recommend a warm pair of socks (especially if you are travelling in flip flops or open toed shoes). If you are by the exit rows it’s usually colder on the toes and these socks feel amazing. I also carry a pashmina with me (not shown) which doubles as a blanket. The snob in me can’t stand the smell or the possible hygiene issues I think up when it comes to multiple-use inflight blankets.

 13.  Nivea hand cream – I carry this travel size tin everywhere I go. One of the most important beauty regime’s you can stick to on a flight is moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.

 14.  Watch – long haul flights take a toll on your body and your mind. I try to trick my mind by adjusting my watch during the flight to my new time zone and get myself on that time zone as early as possible so when I land I can be on my feet and awake to make the most of the day ahead of me.

15.  Obviously passports are a must. I love using a passport cover a) because it protects my passport from wear and tear ( UK passport immigration make you order a new passport when it’s looking tatty so this will help save money and hassle from the immigration officers) and b) it makes it so much easier to find my passport when I know I’m looking for a bright blue cover.

His & Hers passport covers: His – Original Penguin – tan leather (approx $40). Hers – Henri Bendel cobalt blue faux snake skin (approx $60)

16. Water bottle – You can’t take a bottle of water through security but I definitely advise grabbing one at the concession stores before boarding. Airlines are getting better at making sure they hydrate passengers but it’s still not as good as it should be and to be honest if you are a water snob like me, the water is pretty nasty and the smell of those plastic cups can be off putting. I always try and travel with a bottle of Fiji ( I know, I know I’m  a snob)

My next wish list item is a pair of Bose noise cancelling headphones – I first was introduced to the wizardry of these delights during a long haul flight where I was upgraded to First Class and realised how wonderful they really are at blocking out all that in-flight noise that you don’t even notice until you are trying to listen to your music or watch a movie (or trying to block out those annoying passengers). So, they will be my next travel toy.

I tend to have to haul items for my Fiancé too so fortunately I have space for his gadgets as well. Although that doesn’t stop me hinting that a new bag wouldn’t go amiss.

All in all it’s a pretty manageable load to have in hand for in-flight entertainment and well-being.

Happy Travels